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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    I remember white lettering my tyres back in the day, and searching for the best stuff to do it with, which invariably came from the USA, via John Woolfe Racing or similar for an extortionate price. It was only when I had American cars I started to have the tyres that had the white letters from new. Still secretly quite like them although they probably wouldn't suit my current cars!

    I am also a fan of tyre lettering (secretly :-) )

    At one point I used Joy Kildark aluminium paint which retained its bright colour for a long time. Aslo used it for the barrels of my goldstar classic instead of black.

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    And so it begins.... nice surprise today, as I thought the MF lights were just brake and turn.

    Turns out theyíre brake, turn and tail lights... this means I wonít have to run an additional tail light above the number plate, which should keep the rear end nice and uncluttered..










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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    And so it begins.... nice surprise today, as I thought the MF lights were just brake and turn.

    Turns out theyíre brake, turn and tail lights... this means I wonít have to run an additional tail light above the number plate, which should keep the rear end nice and uncluttered..
    Those are very neat - I have seen the indicators integrated into the tail light but they fall foul of MOT due to lack of spacing but those will not - sounds a little odd without a rear light but sounds like it will work well with your plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MB2 View Post
    Those are very neat - I have seen the indicators integrated into the tail light but they fall foul of MOT due to lack of spacing but those will not - sounds a little odd without a rear light but sounds like it will work well with your plans.

    This is the sort of look Iím after, but with my rear lights emerging either side of the number plate


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    Job done...

    Very pleased with the new look










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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    Job done...

    Very pleased with the new look
    That is excellent - and works perfectly for your style of bike. Where was the original taillight- where the number plate light is now ?

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    Just seen it on an earlier photo - yes you must be very pleased !

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    Top job Enoch. As MB2 said that style totally suits that bike.

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    Thatís a very nice looking bike Enoch, love the clean look at the back

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    Looks great, where did you get the plate from as I fancy something similar?
    Last edited by Gyp; 15th August 2019 at 18:21.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    I must have had serious brain fade when I searched before as I looked at loads of similar ads and decided they weren't quite right.

    I can't for the life of me recall why

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    I must have had serious brain fade when I searched before as I looked at loads of similar ads and decided they weren't quite right.

    I can't for the life of me recall why
    Yes.... itís just advertised as a childís novelty plate... mineís 7x5 completely illegal as Iím sure youíre aware (£100 fine)

    But itís been on 10 months, and 6k miles, and not had an issue, including an X5 patrol car sitting directly behind me at a set of lights for a few minutes...

    I was convinced he was gonna pull me over, but no, followed me for a couple of miles then he turned off...

    I already have a legal yellow one for when I need it..

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    Adding a bit of bling

    Added some Roland Sands Ducati accessories to the Xdiavel today...

    Fuel cap


    Frame plugs and sprocket cover




    New oil filter cap to replace the cheapest crappiest cap you’ve ever seen


    Then onto the Triumph..

    New headlight bezel


    From this


    To this


    Then I also got hold of a nice new leather magnetic tank pouch, just right for camera, phone wallet etc, clips to your belt when not in use




    Last edited by Enoch; 6th September 2019 at 16:53.

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    Looking good as usual Enoch. The Roland Sands stuff is really nice, I thought about some bits for my Diavel but swapped the bike instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cinnabull View Post
    Looking good as usual Enoch. The Roland Sands stuff is really nice, I thought about some bits for my Diavel but swapped the bike instead.

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    Yep, the stock locking fuel cap was doing my head in, and Ducati Manchester had a 15% off offer on RS stuff so I bit the bullet and got a few bits..👍

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    Added some Roland Sands Ducati accessories to the Xdiavel today...

    Fuel cap


    Frame plugs and sprocket cover




    New oil filter cap to replace the cheapest crappiest cap youíve ever seen


    Then onto the Triumph..

    New headlight bezel


    From this


    To this


    Then I also got hold of a nice new leather magnetic tank pouch, just right for camera, phone wallet etc, clips to your belt when not in use




    Looking good! Roland Sands do some nice parts.
    Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.

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    Nearly done



    A reminder of my inspiration

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    That looks flipping fantastic sweets...👍👍

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    Gone are the day when you could "improvise"


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    Quote Originally Posted by BillN View Post
    Gone are the day when you could "improvise"

    Well it could be OEM BMW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    That looks flipping fantastic sweets...
    That's very kind, it's been s pretty different kind of customisation from most, as a lot of the "signature" style bits are custom-made, not bought in. Pipes, front light assembly, belly pan and tail tidy were all made by me and a few mates. Fenders were bought used but then cut down massively before painting flat silver to resemble the original alloy ones. Bars, front springs and pre-load adjusters, plus new rear shocks, keyless ignition and can-nus speedo were bought in.

    But I am really pleased that i have got what I consider to be the essence of the original desert scrambler look



    With a really tidy tail



    Putting in a fair amount of artificial patina so that it looks like it "might" be old



    It has taken 4 mnonths to get it to this from here



    A rather unloved stolen/recovered Bonnie from Copart. I've really enjoyed the journey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweets View Post
    Nearly done

    Very nice indeed.
    Almost spot on, great attempt.
    Be better with a black seat, and unpolished case covers.
    Then leave it outside for a few months to aquire a natural patina.
    (But that's just me)
    Love the exhausts.
    Do you have internal baffles, and how's the fuelling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    Very nice indeed.
    Almost spot on, great attempt.
    Be better with a black seat, and unpolished case covers.
    Then leave it outside for a few months to aquire a natural patina.
    (But that's just me)
    Love the exhausts.
    Do you have internal baffles, and how's the fuelling?
    Thanks
    I decided a brown seat would be better, and am happy with that, as much as to look different from standard, but (on a day like today) it is also about 20 degrees cooler in the sun.
    The highlights you see on the case covers are not actually highlights, they are rub-thoughs to the filler-primer underneath, like this



    So they are gloss, like the original, but showing primer too......
    The idea is that you have to do a bit of a double-take to decide whether it is new, or a well-used classic. I know that no-one who really knows would be fooled, but anyhow.....

    As for the exhaust, I am welding in a perforated stainless tube wrapped in stainless wool tomorrow, to quieten it down a bit, as it is flipping loud at present.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweets View Post
    Nearly done



    A reminder of my inspiration

    Some Metisse influences there, really nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    Some Metisse influences there, really nice
    Yes, although that one is not a Metisse, but an Ekins customisation of a pretty standard Triumph for Desert Racing

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillN View Post
    Gone are the day when you could "improvise"

    R80ST?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    R80ST?
    With that seat and rack itíll be a GS .

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    Enoch, are you out round wales tomoz, (sat 21), if so may see you at Bala, looking like good weather. Sunday, my preferred day is not looking too good weatherwise though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cinnabull View Post
    Enoch, are you out round wales tomoz, (sat 21), if so may see you at Bala, looking like good weather. Sunday, my preferred day is not looking too good weatherwise though.

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    Not sure mate.... not had a good week this week with feeling a bit chemo crappy..👎🙁

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    Not sure mate.... not had a good week this week with feeling a bit chemo crappy..
    No worries Enoch. Get yourself sorted pal, chemo is a bummer. Think positive and youíll be good sooner. No doubt weíll bump into each other soon anyways, take care mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweets View Post
    Yes, although that one is not a Metisse, but an Ekins customisation of a pretty standard Triumph for Desert Racing

    D
    It looks fantastic and also shows that the modern Triumphs are so much bigger/ heavier than those from the sixties.

    Yours is probably far more practical for todayís roads than an original though.

    And itís always great to have something unique that youíve built yourself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweets View Post
    Nearly done



    A reminder of my inspiration

    Superb job there. It must be so satisfying to be able to do stuff like that, the vision, space, tools, ability etc. Make it your own, well done.

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    Wishing you well Enoch.



    Meanwhile, and this is embarrassing considering the progress Sweets has made, the Honda swingsrm is still not on the GPz.

    Itís nearly there though; the pivot bushes are all ready and Iíve been modifying the lower linkage to suit.
    The pivot on the right had to fit where the pivot on the left goes



    Iím also using the old sleeve so I can reuse the standard bolt.

    Iíve bent the arms out so the finished width will be the same as before.


    Out with the old needle roller bearings



    And out with the angle grinder!


    I couldnít get suitable needle roller bearings so Iíll be using sintered brass bushes.




    Close enough!

    Fitted to the swing arm, thereís just a little more work to get it attached to the frame.

    Obviously, bending the arms has shortened them a little thus raising the tide height but Iím not sure what the tide height will be yet and a suitable length shock absorber will allow me to get that somewhere close.

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    Been fairly busy this morning.
    A bit precarious but the centre stand had to come off temporarily.
    Off with the old.
    On with the new.

    When the wheels come back from the powder coaters, Iíll check the tide height. Iím also going to need a shorter shock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    R80ST?
    R100GS


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    New wheels

    New lightweight wheels for the Bobber👍

    Pretty excited about this upgrade










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    Love this thread, some amazing builds on show. I really want to do a cafe racer once I have time between work and family.

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    The Motorcycle Modifications Thread

    Happy with the rims/hubs now they are powder coated black and with polished stainless spokes.
    Wider, chunkier tyres also help the look Iím after.
    I think the makeover is now complete. ( Iíve had to have pannier frames/carriers as I use it for two up touring. )



    How the Bonnie previously looked.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BillN View Post
    R100GS
    For some reason I'd forgotten that the R100GS was available in red. I'm definitely losing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    New lightweight wheels for the Bobber

    Pretty excited about this upgrade









    Those are the meanest set of wheels Iíve seen, look forward to a photograph of the Bobber when fitted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lammylee View Post
    Those are the meanest set of wheels Iíve seen, look forward to a photograph of the Bobber when fitted!
    Cheers.... Iím loving the bronze spokes.. hopefully Iíll have them fitted tomorrow...

    Weights are Front 11.4kg Rear 14.7kg... Iíll weigh the stock wheels like for like and see how they compare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    New lightweight wheels for the Bobber

    Pretty excited about this upgrade




    Oooh, beautiful! Tubed, presumably?

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Oooh, beautiful! Tubed, presumably?
    I specified tubeless..... cost a bit extra, but well worth it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    I specified tubeless..... cost a bit extra, but well worth it
    Even better. Hurry up and get them on, we need photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave+63 View Post
    Wishing you well Enoch.



    Meanwhile, and this is embarrassing considering the progress Sweets has made, the Honda swingsrm is still not on the GPz.

    Itís nearly there though; the pivot bushes are all ready and Iíve been modifying the lower linkage to suit.



    Iím also using the old sleeve so I can reuse the standard bolt.

    Iíve bent the arms out so the finished width will be the same as before.

    Out with the old needle roller bearings


    And out with the angle grinder!


    I couldnít get suitable needle roller bearings so Iíll be using sintered brass bushes.



    Close enough!

    Fitted to the swing arm, thereís just a little more work to get it attached to the frame.

    Obviously, bending the arms has shortened them a little thus raising the tide height but Iím not sure what the tide height will be yet and a suitable length shock absorber will allow me to get that somewhere close.
    Like the process and fabrication going on here. Do you need to weld this back together in the centre or will it still function as is?
    Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    New lightweight wheels for the Bobber

    Pretty excited about this upgrade




    Those are some classy looking wheels mate.
    Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    New lightweight wheels for the Bobber


    Look amazing, though I'm worried that they may not be lighter than the originals.

    Looking forward to seeing the result. Did you get clobbered for import duty and vat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    Like the process and fabrication going on here. Do you need to weld this back together in the centre or will it still function as is?
    It will be fine, the equivalent parts on the original (and many single shock designs) are two separate arms.

    Iím going to have to extend the arms by 50mm in order to get a shock absorber to fit and maintain a reasonable tide height. As it is, Iíd need to find a shock thatís no more than 240mm whilst the smallest one I can find for something other than a 125cc, is 275mm from an early Vfr750/800.
    Last edited by Dave+63; 24th September 2019 at 07:24.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    Did you get clobbered for import duty and vat?
    I havenít had the FedEx invoice yet, but yes, there will be duty and vat to pay..

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